Is California Ready?

Posted on September 13th, 2006 — in Security

The State Auditor finds problems in California’s handling of federal grants for homeland security.

Emergency Preparedness


A Dry Run for Catastrophe

Posted on August 24th, 2006 — in Security

How would California respond to a terrorist attack? RAND imagined a nuclear blast at the Port of Long Beach, and then studied what the impact would be.

Considering the Effects of a Catastrophic Terrorist Attack


Ports — The Next Terrorist Target?

Posted on June 28th, 2006 — in Economy and Business :: Security

California is home to three of the four busiest container ports in the nation. The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex is the largest port in the country by value and the fifth-largest container port in the world. So no state has a greater interest in issues of security at ports, which are potentially vulnerable to terrorist attack. The issue also has a far broader impact than merely port communities, since ports can be entry points for weapons that might be used to attack other communities. The Public Policy Institute of California takes a broad look at port security.

Protecting the Nation’s Seaports: Balancing Security and Cost


As Vulnerable As Louisiana…

Posted on May 10th, 2006 — in Economy and Business :: Resources and Environment :: Security

“California is as vulnerable as Louisiana, and perhaps equally unprepared for a catastrophic event.” That sobering assessment of our preparedness for a natural disaster comes from the state’s Little Hoover Commission in a report that should provide some fuel for proponents of the fall bond issue.

Safeguarding the Golden State: Preparing for Catastrophic Events


Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism

Posted on December 8th, 2005 — in Security

How prepared is California for a public health emergency, such as a bioterrorism attack? The Trust for America’s Health gives the state a 5 on a scale of 0 to 10. The best states got an 8, the worst a 2.
Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism